Sarasota, Florida – High Point rowers Maddie Mullins and Junior Ognovich continued their run at the 2017 USRowing Youth National championships on Saturday morning by finishing in the top 3 places of a punishing semi-final round.
Close racing was the highlight of the semi final round of the women’s pairs event at nationals and High Point just edged out Indianapolis to qualify for the grand final to be raced on Sunday. The result places them among the top 6 rowing crews in the United States, all of which will vie for the national title in Sunday’s final.
Connecticut Boat Club will start hot favorite in the final with the field wide open among the remaining 5 crews.
“When Junior and I first paired up together in the spring we set some attainable goals and some crazy goals,” said Maddie Mullins after the semi-final race. “We have now entered the crazy zone.”
The race will begin at 7:54am with results posted here: https://www.herenow.com/results/#/races/20374/results
The race will be livestreamed over the internet here:
Qualifying for the final at the national rowing championships tops off a season of successes for Mullins and Ognovich.
The two rowers won the women’s pair event at USRowing’s Southeast Regional Championships in Georgia last month. In April they won the North Carolina State Championships. Mullins was also awarded High Point Rowing Club’s 2017 Rower of the Year trophy.
The youth national championship is the premier junior rowing event in the USA, and approximately 1,700 athletes will compete in more than 370 crews representing more than 150 teams from across the country.